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Nurse Anesthesia, MS

Keiser University

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The Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia (MSNA) program is designed for Registered Nurses who have earned a bachelor’s degree and seek to take the next step in their careers and become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA).  To become a CRNA, students are required to earn a minimum of a master’s degree from a program accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA), and after graduation, must pass the National Certification Exam (NCE) administered by the National Board of Certification and Recertification for Nurse Anesthetists (NBCRNA). The MS in Nurse Anesthesia program at Keiser University is accredited by COA and consists of a 72-credit hour, 28-month program divided into two stages: the Didactic Stage, which is the first 12 months of the program, provides the foundation in Nurse Anesthesia prior to students entering the Clinical Stage of the program, which lasts the final 16 months. Graduates of this program, who become Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists, are eligible to continue their education in the Post-Master’s Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice completion degree program.

Website Statement for Master’s Programs that Plan to Transition to the Doctoral Degree

The Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs (COA) requires that all students matriculating into a nurse anesthesia educational program on January 1, 2022 or thereafter be enrolled in a program approved by the COA to award a practice doctoral degree. The program plans to submit its application to the COA for approval to award the Doctor of Nurse Anesthesia Practice entry-level degree in May 2019. Pending approval by the COA, the program plans to enroll its first doctoral cohort of students in August 2020. Further information regarding this transition may be obtained by contacting the Keiser University Naples Campus at (239) 513-1135.

Program Mission

To provide access to learning and excellence in nurse anesthesia at the master’s level.

Program Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:

  • Examine concepts in basic sciences (Basic Sciences);
  • Determine appropriate equipment, instrumentation, and technology for use in clinical cases (Equipment);
  • Evaluate general principles of anesthesia (General Principles);
  • Analyze the anesthetic implications for surgical procedures and special populations (Surgical Procedures);
  • Plan clinical cases and demonstrate anesthesia administration. (Clinical Skills);
  • Apply effective communication with colleagues, patients, and other clinical staff (Communication);
  • Assess clinical case needs in the area of patient assessment, drug administration, and equipment usage (Critical Thinking).

Prerequisites for Major Courses


Program Outline

To receive a Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia degree, students must earn 72 graduate semester credit hours as described below. The length of this program is approximately 28 months.

Graduate Division Courses

Master of Science in Nurse Anesthesia Major Courses (72.0 credit hours)
Introduction to Advanced Practice Nurse Anesthesia 1.0 credit hour
Health Policy & Ethics in Advanced Practice Nursing 3.0 credit hours
Research Methodology for Nurse Anesthetists 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Health Assessment 3.0 credit hours
Chemistry & Physics for Anesthesia 2.0 credit hours
Introduction to Clinical Practicum 2.0 credit hours
Advanced Pharmacology of Anesthesia Agents 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Pharmacology of Adjunct Anesthesia Agents 3.0 credit hours
Advanced Anatomy & Human Physiology 4.0 credit hours
Advanced Endocrine, Hepatic & Neuro-Pathophysiology 4.0 credit hours
Advanced Cardiac, Respiratory & Renal Pathophysiology 4.0 credit hours
Regional Anesthesia 2.0 credit hours
Obstetrical, Pediatric & Geriatric Anesthesia 3.0 credit hours
Anesthesia Management 3.0 credit hours
Nurse Anesthesia Care for Co-Existing Disease & Injury 4.0 credit hours
Concepts of Advanced Nursing Practice 1.0 credit hour
Professional Aspects of Nurse Anesthesia Practice 1.0 credit hour
Topics in Anesthesia I 1.0 credit hour
Topics in Anesthesia II 1.0 credit hour
Topics in Anesthesia III 1.0 credit hour
Clinical Practicum I 5.0 credit hours
Clinical Practicum II 5.0 credit hours
Clinical Practicum III 5.0 credit hours
Topics in Anesthesia IV 1.0 credit hour
Synthesis Seminar 2.0 credit hours
Clinical Practicum IV 5.0 credit hours

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Mrs. Percy and Mr. Williams believed in me. They were more than instructors, they tried to get to know you as a person and tried to understand your goals so they could push you towards them. And Mrs. Crawford from student services helped me find a job before I even graduated. She was dedicated to my overall success.

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Going to Keiser University was one of the greatest experiences in my life. All of my deans, professors, and staff made me feel that I was a part of something very special, and I am. I would recommend for anyone to get their education at Keiser University.

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Beyond the curriculum of the courses, the lessons the instructors have taught me have paid dividends in my real work experiences. How to respond to criticisms, project and time management, interview skills, the list goes on and on. At the end of the day, they not only showed me how to design, but they taught me how to be a professional.

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Attending Keiser University and getting my degree was the best decision I have ever made.  The small class sizes and personalized attention helped me get my degree quickly.  The hands-on experience and the education landed me a job at a neighboring law firm.

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